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It’s an extra-chatty edition of Sequel Bits, as everyone has a little something to say about everything. After the jump:

  • A $500,000 camera has been stolen from Dumb and Dumber To
  • The next Aliens game might be about Ripley’s daughter
  • Peter Jackson chats about the score for The Hobbit
  • Director thinks National Treasure could shoot in two years
  • Dan Aykroyd is going on about Ghostbusters 3 again
  • Keanu Reeves chats about Point Break and Speed

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We’ve recently received word that a couple of productions have hit some pretty major road bumps. First up, according to Variety, Warner Brothers has pulled out of the Masters of the Universe project. Universe has had a pretty troubled history all around: When a script review for Justin Marks Grayskull: Masters of the Universe script first hit the web over a year ago, there was much rejoicing. Peter even wrote  about five reasons why Marks’ live action He-Man might be cool.

Shortly afterwards, we learned that the project was basically dead, before it was resurrected with Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson at the helm, along with producer Joel Silver. Now, Variety says, it turns out that “Mattel and WB didn’t see eye to eye over the direction of the project and made a mutual decision to let the option lapse this month.” Mattel is expected to shop the property elsewhere with Stevenson still attached. If I had to guess though, I’d say they won’t have the easiest time of it; in this economy, studios want sure bets, and a big expensive action/adventure flick based on a moribund property with a fairly unproven director could be a huge risk. Box office wise, you could either end up with Transformers, or Land of the Lost, and I might even lean more towards the latter possibility in this case.
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“This sequel is, like, so Hollywood.”

Surreal. It’s beginning to feel like I’m the windshield and Hollywood’s remakes and sequels are the insects. Jan de Bont (yes, Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control) will direct a sequel to 1991′s Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze/Gary Busey starrer Point Break entitled Point Break: Indo. Yes, it’s a theatrical sequel from RGM and Essential Entertainment. IESB reports that Reeves and Swayze have most likely been asked to return. Bodhi lives! This wise-ass guy from my middle school cafeteria days owes me $5. IESB also has the official plot synopsis…

When Billy Dalton, military special ops and star surfer, is disqualified from the pro-surfing tour, he takes off for the coast of Bali looking for the perfect wave. While there he’s recruited by a private security force who are trying to find a gang known as The Bush Administration, surfing outlaws and modern day pirates who work like “The Ex-Presidents,” a bank robbing crew from Malibu twenty years ago.

The Bush Administration? Really? That rots my brain. Of note, however, is that the original screenwriter, W. Peter Illiff (Patriot Games, Varsity Blues and \m/) also penned this installment, so the bitchin’ dialogue should remain intact. The production company is also boasting that de Bont’s film looks to have the “most extreme action stunts ever caught on camera.” Hmm, cameo by MEG? Kidding.

As you may recall, a Point Break sequel has been kicked around for many months. I’m rather skeptical that Swayze will be back due to his health, and back in March Reeves spat on all sequels, so…maybe Lori Petty can return a la Sandra Bullock? But here’s hoping for a gnarly reunion, I know Busey is (even though his character already RIP’d). Too bad director Kathryn Bigelow has bigger fish to fry, like Iraq. Her original (she also helmed Near Dark and Strange Days) is still one of the most re-watchable popcorn movies of the ’90s; the action film equivalent to really, really good chewing gum, a nice contact buzz and the smell of Mr. Zoggs’s Sex Wax in the morning.

UPDATE: Stream the first Point Break in its entirety at HULU. via AzizIsBored

Discuss: What is Jan de Bont thinking? What are you thinking? What’s Gary Busey thinking?

 

“Is that a sequel?”

Constantine is a prime example of an R-rated comic book movie that almost nailed it but stumbled into an abyss of mediocrity. Like Hellboy, which wasn’t too great either but had an equally killer premise lingering in the dark side, Constantine could actually benefit from a sequel. Unlike Hellboy, which has a very cool-looking sequel at bat this summer (speaking of which, it’s rather quiet, no?), Constantines title star Keanu Reeves says a once rumored second installment to the Hellblazer Vertigo comics series, Constantine 2, isn’t going to happen. The original film’s director, Francis Lawrence, has been pretty vocal about his desire to do a sequel since its release in 2005, and you may recall that Lawrence just had a megaton hit on his hands with I Am Legend.

Reeves, who is currently talking up his December 2009 sci-fi remake epic The Day the Earth Stood Still, went on to tell IESB that he sees no sequels in his future. So, not only can you ixnay an ideal Bill & Ted’s reunion, but those hoping for a cameo by a certain agent Johnny Utah in Peter Iliff’s Point Break 2 (which is presumably still on for 2009 in lieu of Patrick Swayze’s cancer diagnosis), should take a deep, enjoyable sniff off some Mr. Zog’s Sex Wax and get real. As always, Slashfilm will keep you updated as the World of Keanu spins round and round.

Discuss: Constantine 2, was there something there? Point Break 2 without Keanu? Worth a watch? Would you watch Bill’s Journey?

Point Break 2 to Begin Filming in Mid-2008

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Back in May, we told you that Patriot Games scribe Peter Iliff has signed on to write and direct a sequel to Point Break. Apparently RGM Entertainment has announced at the American Film Market this week that Point Break 2 will begin production in mid-2008 in Southeast Asia. Iliff, who wrote the first movie, is making his directorial debut with this $20-$30 million sequel.

Point Break 2 will follow an ex-professional surfer who enlists in the US Navy and is recruited to track down a criminal gang based in Southeast Asia. Apparently Patrick Swayze’s character Bodhi might not have died in that giant wave at the end of the first film. Is he behind this new criminal gang? Keanu Reeves is likely not involved in the sequel.

In addition to writing the original 1987 film, Iliff also scripted Prayer of the Rollerboys (a great guilty pleasure in its own right), Patriot Games, Varsity Blues and Under Suspicion. Point Break was also a big focal point of Edgar Wright’s recent Hot Fuzz. I wonder if that film had anything to do with the thought bubble which gave birth to this sequel. I’m guessing so.

source: ComingSoon

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